Purdue to host North Carolina State in ACC / Big Ten Challenge

Photo Courtesy: Purdue Sports
Photo Courtesy: Purdue Sports

WEST LAFAYETTE, Indiana (Purdue Sports) – ESPN and the Big Ten and ACC Conferences announced Thursday that the Purdue men’s basketball team will host North Carolina State in the ACC / Big Ten Challenge on Tuesday, Dec. 2 in Mackey Arena. Time and network assignment will be designated at a later date.

The Boilermakers own a 7-6 all-time record in the event, having won a current Challenge-best five straight games by an average margin of 11.6 points. Purdue defeated Boston College, 88-67, a year ago in front of a raucous Mackey Arena crowd. Purdue also defeated Clemson (2012), Miami, Fla. (2011), Virginia Tech (2010) and Wake Forest (2009) during its current five-game run.

Purdue’s five-game winning streak in the event equals the third-longest winning streak in the Challenge’s history. Duke won an event-record 10 straight games from 1999-08, while future-Big Ten member Maryland won six in a row from 2005-10. Boston College also won five straight from 2006-10 while Clemson won five straight from 2004-08.

Purdue’s streak is the event in the longest winning streak for a Big Ten team in Challenge history.

The Wolfpack are 8-7 in the event, which includes a 69-48 win at home against Northwestern in last year’s event.

N.C. State is coming off a 22-14 record and a spot in the NCAA Tourmament’s second round a year ago. The Wolfpack defeated Xavier, 74-59, in a first-round game played in Dayton, before seeing Saint Louis make a remarkable comeback in the final three minutes of an 83-80 Billikens’ win in overtime in the second round.

N.C. State will return three starters from last year’s team, but must find a way to replace ACC Player of the Year T.J. Warren (24.9 ppg, 7.1 rpg) and part-time starting point guard Tyler Lewis (transferred to Butler; 135 assists, 38 TOs). Leading the returnees are senior guards Ralston Turner (10.5 ppg, 77 3PM) and Desmond Lee (8.4 ppg). Sophomore forward Kyle Washington also returns after contributing 4.8 points and 3.9 rebounds per game.

Head coach Mark Gottfried also welcomes a three-member recruiting class that ranks 17th and 19th, respectively, by ESPN and Rivals.

The Wolfpack own a 4-0 series lead against the Boilermakers, having defeated Purdue in the 1972, 1974, 2000 and 2005 seasons. Two of the meetings, 2000 and 2005, came during the ACC / Big Ten Challenge, with N.C. State topping the Boilermakers, 61-59, on Dec. 1, 1999 and 60-53 on Nov. 29, 2004.

Purdue went 15-17 a year ago, but returns five of its top seven scorers and brings in a five-member recruiting class ranked in the nation’s top 25 by ESPN.

ACC / Big Ten Challenge Schedule

Monday, Dec. 1

Nebraska at Florida State

Rutgers at Clemson

Tuesday, Dec. 2

Illinois at Miami, Fla.

Minnesota at Wake Forest

North Carolina State at Purdue

Ohio State at Louisville

Pittsburgh at Indiana

Syracuse at Michigan

Wednesday, Dec. 3

Duke at Wisconsin

Georgia Tech at Northwestern

Iowa at North Carolina

Michigan State at Notre Dame

Virginia at Maryland

Virginia Tech at Penn State

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